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Windham County

MUSIC

Kevin Parry open mic: 7-10 p.m. at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Free. 802-257-7563.

Funk Night, live band: 9:30 p.m. at Metropolis, Elliot Street, Brattleboro.

Dance

Folk dancing: Putney Cares Activities Barn, Kimball Hill, Putney. 4-5:30 p.m. Beginning to intermediate level international folk dancing, taught by Melissa Lovell Post. No partner or experience necessary. $8 per class, with the first class free of charge.

Miscellaneous

Democracy: Carrie Brown, a curator with the American Precision Museum in Windsor, will discuss the history of gun manufacturing in the Connecticut River Valley in "The First Arsenal of Democracy: 'High Tech' in the Connecticut Valley, 1795-1900," Brown's illustrated lecture focuses on the region's vital contributions to American military might. Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Ask the editor: With host Jessica Swift, The Book Lounge will open its doors for an "Ask the Editor" repeat of the popular two-part forum. What does an editor really do? What types of edits are there? And why do editors insist on using red? Bring your questions. 4 High Street, Brattleboro. 7 p.m.

Stephen Daye

Brattleboro: At 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main St. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 2 p.m. matinee. 7:30 p.m. evening show. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Over the border

Film

'Night on Earth': Pothole Pictures concludes its summer series of classic films with screening of Jim Jarmusch's "Poetic" and "Moody Night on Earth." Music by Frost Heaves and Hales at 7 p.m. Showtime at 7:30 p.m. $4 for kids, $6 for adults. Memorial Hall Theater, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 413-512-0850.

Friday, Sept. 9

Windham County

Theater

Directors wanted: The Rock River Players' Play Selection Committee welcomes directors' proposals for plays to round out its four-play 2016-2017 season. Proposals will be heard at 7 p.m. at Williamsville Hall, Dover Road. Proposal should include: Name of the play, a brief synopsis, and how it would fit into the 2016-2017 season theme ("strong women"); if applicable, availability of production rights; director's experience, mentoring available; the vision and concept of the production; production team, if known; and estimated budget. Call or email Charlie Tower at thirdgate@yahoo.com or 978-434-7958 to arrange a time to meet.

Miscellaneous

'Cosmic Comedy': The Strolling of the Heifers is hosting an Evening of Cosmic Comedy with Swami Beyondananda, "the Mark Twain of our times." At the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 8 p.m. The show is a fund raiser for Strolling of the Heifers. All seats are $15, but Strolling of the Heifers encourages you to consider purchasing a contributor ticket ($25) or sponsor ticket ($40). Sponsors will receive premium seating in front rows. Tickets are available at the River Garden and online at www.swamibeyond.brownpapertickets.com.

Film

Drive-in cruise: Now and Then Vehicles Club and Northfield Drive-In are hosting a classic car double feature of "American Graffiti" and "Bullitt.". All antique and classic cars welcome, or come in your modern car. $9 per person or $20 per carload. Shows start at dusk. Find the club on Facebook for more information or call 603-239-4054.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 7:30 p.m. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Saturday, Sept. 10

Windham County

Dance

Brattleboro: At 118 Elliot Street at 7:30 p.m., there will be a "barefoot boogie dance to help Rupa Cousins (www.rupacousins.com) with health care costs. DJ mix with guest musicians will play a super-danceable eclectic world beat. Kid friendly, bring your own refreshments to share. Suggested donation is $10 or more. For more information, contact Amy at solidago99@gmail.com.

Theater

Directors wanted: The Rock River Players' Play Selection Committee welcomes directors' proposals for plays to round out its four-play 2016-2017 season. Proposals will be heard at 11 a.m. at Williamsville Hall, Dover Road. Proposal should include: Name of the play, a brief synopsis, and how it would fit into the 2016-2017 season theme ("strong women"); if applicable, availability of production rights; director's experience, mentoring available; the vision and concept of the production; production team, if known; and estimated budget. Call or email Charlie Tower at thirdgate@yahoo.com or 978-434-7958 to arrange a time to meet.

Miscellaneous

Yard sale: 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Film

'Life, Animated': Off the Beaten Path continues on at 4 p.m., with "Life, Animated," a fascinating documentary and coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 7:30 p.m. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Over the border

Film

'Night on Earth': Pothole Pictures concludes its summer series of classic films with screening of Jim Jarmusch's "Poetic" and "Moody Night on Earth." Music by Frost Heaves and Hales at 7 p.m. Showtime at 7:30 p.m. $4 for kids, $6 for adults. Memorial Hall Theater, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 413-512-0850.

Miscellaneous

Comedy: Happier valley comedy show monthly comedy show featuring improv comedians the Ha-Ha's and Friends performing "Shrink: Where Freud Meets Funny," plus special guests Julie Waggoner and Jenny Drescher. Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. 8 p.m.. doors open at 7. Tickets $13 at the door and in advance online at www.Theartsblock.Com. For ticket information, call 413-774-0150, for show info email info@happiervalley.Com.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Windham County

Music

Pianos: Acclaimed pianists Ieva Jokubaviciute and Renana Gutman kick off Marlboro College's fall series of weekend concerts at 3 p.m. The series of four concerts features leading classical performers and is presented in the memory Luis Batlle, world-renowned pianist and beloved Marlboro faculty member for 30 years, who died in May. Ragle Hall, free and open to the public, but contributions to the Luis C. Batlle Chair in Music will be gratefully accepted.

Film

'Life, Animated': Off the Beaten Path continues at 4 p.m., with "Life, Animated," a fascinating documentary and coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. Rated PG.

Dance

Contra dance: From 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy with caller Ron Blechner will perform at a contra dance. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults, $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. Come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.

Miscellaneous

Nature writing: From noon to 4:30 p.m. wander the woods of Manitou with experienced nature writing group leader, Fred Taylor. Explore the outer landscape of Manitou, and see how it resonates with your inner landscape. Time for quiet meditation and writing, as well as group sharing. Suggested donation for the afternoon is $20. Contact Fred at 802-387-2681 or rtaylor@antioch.edu for registration and directions. Meet at the parking lot at noon.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 2 p.m. matinee. 7:30 p.m. evening show. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Monday, Sept. 12

Windham County

MUSIC

McNeills: 8:30 p.m. Weekly bluegrass jam, no cover

Film

'Rams': Next Stage Arts Project and the Vermont Performance Lab will present the Oscar-nominated film, "Rams," by director Grímur Hákonarson, at 7 p.m. This is the first event in the residency program with interdisciplinary and award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson. Suggested donation of $5-$10 and reservations are not required. For more information contact nextstagearts@gmail.com or call 802-387-0102.

Miscellaneous

Memoir workshop: Pam Bernard will host the fall sessions of her memoir workshops, to begin the week of Sept. 12, at her home in Walpole. Bernard, author of four books, is a poet, painter, editor, and adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University. For more information, email email pam@pambernard.com, visit www.pambernard.com or call 603-756-4177.

Trivia night: Sunrise Rotary will host Trivia Night to benefit the Brattleboro Literary Festival from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's recipient is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For more information or to register your team, visit sunriserotarytrivia@gmail.com. For more information, visit rotary.org.
Racism and privilege: At 7 p.m., Allan G. Johnson will visit Landmark College to talk about race and opportunities to overcome racism in the United States. Johnson's talk, "Unraveling the Knot of Race," is scheduled in the Brooks M. O'Brien auditorium at the East Academic Building and is free, accessible, and open to the public. To learn more about Landmark College's Academic Speaker Series, visit www.landmark.edu/speakers.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Windham County

Miscellaneous

Choir school: The Choir School of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, directed by Susan Dedell, is a children's choral program that nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the joy of choral singing. Participation in The Choir School is free of charge and is open to all children in the area who love to sing and want to learn more. Level One for children ages 8–10 meets Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 15. Students in Level One will learn basic concepts of rhythm, pitch, and "choircraft" in addition to singing some wonderful music. Little or no prior musical experience is required. Level Two is for singers aged 11–16 and meets Tuesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., beginning Sept. 13. In Level Two, students expand their skills in music literacy, vocal technique, and harmony singing. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Susan Dedell at sdedell@sover.net or call the church office, 802-254-6048, ext. 104.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 7:30 p.m. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Miscellaneous

Music lessons: The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy offers lessons in violin, viola and cello to area children. The new semester starts on Sept. 12 and two new Suzuki method violin instructors, Andrew Snow and Francois Secordel, will join the long-time faculty Deanna Baasch (violin), Vesela French (violin and viola), Joana Genova (violin), Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Jared Shapiro (cello). Most lessons take place in Festival House, Manchester Village and students' ages range from 3 to 18. Home-schooled children are welcome. Some financial aid is available. Visit www.mmfvt.org for more information or call 802-362-1956.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14

Windham County

Dance

African dance: Starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Stone Church, African Dance Vermont present Raoul Ombang, who will host a drum class. The cost is $10. Drum class is followed by a dance class starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost for dance is $15. All levels are welcome. If you need a drum, contact Raoul at francisombang@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Core movement: From 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., there will be a free class introducing Core Movement Integration, a mindful movement and exercise system that improves ease of movement and posture, and reduces pain and stiffness. Open to both body workers and the general public. Light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to 802-246-1092.

Bennington County

Theater

"The Consul, The Tramp, and America": 7:30 p.m. at Old Castle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. 802-447-0564 tickets $37 at oldcastletheatre.org

Miscellaneous

Country living: Louise Mille will read from her book, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living," at 6 p.m. at Northshire Bookstore, Manchester. This is the charming, full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn't even know you were looking.

Collage workshop: Green Mountain Academy welcomes back artist and teacher Anharad Llewelyn to lead a four-part collage painting workshop. The workshop will take place at Long Trail School on Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class will give painting enthusiasts an opportunity to take their work to new, creative heights. Some supplies will be provided, however, students are urged to bring their own personal items to collage into their pieces. The fee is $75 for the workshop series. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

ONGOING

Windham County

Rockingham Library Genealogy Group: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Bring your laptop. Many free databases available at the library. Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270.

Art Exhibit: The work of Bonnie Mennell on display through end of September at the Putney Library, 55 Main St., Putney. Mon.-Fri- 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free

North Star Gallery: "Something New" on exhibit. Work by multiple artists on view through Sept. 5 at 151 Townshend Road, Grafton.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: New exhibits – Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, through Oct. 23; The Stilled Passage: Photographs of Un-Restored Ellis Island, through Aug. 29; Chaos and Light: Jamie Young, through Oct. 23; and Union Station: Gateway to the World, through Oct. 23. brattleboromuseum.org

Jen Violette Exhibit: Confluence gallery shows artist's paintings and blown glass sculptures through Sept. 4. E.J. Bullock building, 7012 Main St., Readsboro.

Photography Exhibit: Photography by Jimmy ienner, Jr. at Flat Iron Exchange, 51 the Square, Bellows Falls.

Art Exhibit: C.X. Silver Gallery for Selections from "Edge" by Cai. 814 Western Ave., Brattleboro. On view through Sept. 18 by appointment. 802-257-7898

Art Exhibit: Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky's Elemental Vessels and Hidden Agenda on view at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts through Sept. 18. 183 Main St., Brattleboro

Art Exhibit: Watercolors by Shane Harris at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River. mainstreetarts.org.

Art exhibit: The Power of Water the Power of Words, Through September at The River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

Art Exhibit: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Karen Gaudette: Wishing for the Moon at Gallery in the Woods. 145 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-257-4777. galleryinthewoods.com

Art Exhibit: 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Photographs by John Willis entitled "House/Home, A Work in Progress," at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro.

Bennington County

Milton Avery's Vermont: Plein air pencil sketches, watercolors, oil paintings on view through Nov. 6 Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry on view through Oct. 2 in the Regional Artists Gallery at Bennington Museum. 75 Main St., Bennington. Meet the artist on July 16 at 3 p.m. Information at 802-447-1571.

David Brewster Exhibit: Quixotic Encounters, through Oct. 3 at the Southern Vermont Art Center, Wilson Museum, 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester. svac.org

Sculpture Show: North Bennington Sculpture Park, 48 Main St., Bennington. Show will be on view in various locations until Oct. 23 in addition to the sculpture park.

Duane Michaels Photography: Photographs from the Floating World on view at Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington,until Oct. 30.

Jane Stickle Quilt: Through Oct. 10, the quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric.

Over the border

GEOMORPH/Things Change and They Change Again: Until Nov. 5., Photographer Chris Triebert's work on view at Vermont Folklife Center's Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury. Reception Oct. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Sculptures: Willard Boepple's outdoor sculptures In the gallery's greenspace at The Barn at Cynthia-Reeves , 28 Main St. Walpole, N.H. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 603-756-4160

Classes and workshops

Windham County

Circus classes: A fun way to cross train. New England Center for Circus Arts. Full list and to register at necenterforcircusarts.org. 802-254-9780.

The Choir School: Level One for children ages 8-10 meets Thursdays, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Begins Sept. 15 Level Two for ages 11 to 16 is a more advanced choir. New students need one year of some prior musical experience. Meets Tuesdays at 3:45-4:45 p.m. Begins Sept. 13. St., Michael's Episcopal Church. 802-348-7735. or 802-254-6048.

Painterly Abstraction: Part 2. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13, 1-4 p.m. Creative ideas for your existing abstract paintings. River Gallery School, rivergalleryschool.org

Mosaic Treasures: Sept. Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2 - 5 p.m. Create mosaic art using found "treasures" and materials that perhaps would otherwise be discarded No prior experience needed. Fee: $165. River Gallery School, rivergalleryschool.org

Printmaking + Encaustics Fusion: Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Create monotypes using non-toxic inks, pigment sticks, and various other media. The prints will then be a base for multi-media wax encaustic collage pieces. Bring Gessoed boards, all other materials provided. Fee: $215. River Gallery School, rivergalleryschool.org


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